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Unveiling the Court Cards

Unveiling the Court Cards: Exploring the Elemental Personalities in Tarot for Self-Discovery and Introspection

Tarot Cards, Court Cards

Tarot cards are a useful tool for self-discovery and introspection. One of the essential components of a tarot deck - and one of the most difficult to learn - are the Court Cards. In this blog post, we will explore the Court Cards and their relationship with the elements.

There are 16 court cards in total. 4 for each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana. The 4 suits of the Minor Arcana are (Cups, Swords, Wands, & Pentacles).

Each of these Court Cards represent an element based on their suit and an element based on their court affiliation. So in addition to their suit element they also have an additional element.


Pentacles (Earth)

represent routine, practicality, manifestation, and external surroundings. They are associated with the element of Earth.

Swords (Air)

represents intellect, thought, logic, communication, and mental activity. They correlate with the Air element.

Cups (Water)

are associated with the element of Water. They represent emotions, intuition, connection, relationships, and healing.

Wands (Fire)

corresponds to the element of fire. Therefore, all cards that fall under this suit represent creativity, passion, drive, and intensity. Each card still contains the element represented by its type. For example, the Page of Wands has fire energy due to the type of suit it is (fire), and earth energy due to the type of card it is. It represents discovery, new passions and creativity.

Court Cards Suit Affiliations

Pages (Earth), Knights (Air), Queens (Water), and Kings (Fire)

So here are some examples of how you can use these elements together:

The Page of Cups is Earthy Water energy

The Knight of Pentacles is Airy Earth energy

The Queen of Wands is Watery Fire energy

The King of Swords is Fiery Air energy

In addition to the elements, the court cards tell a story of evolution within their suit.


Represent the beginning and the seed of an idea. They often allude to new opportunities and possibilities. There is a young energy and an energy of learning and new beginnings. Pulling a Page card means there is room for expansion and growth.